Danse-Cité / Emile Pineault

Normal Desires

Dance / contemporary circus

© Julien Brun
  • "Jour de fête" 15$
  • Talkback with the artists


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In Normal Desires, Emile Pineault invites us to open ourselves to acrobatic sensation. A lone figure on stage constantly overflows itself, its edges blurred in kinetic ecstasy. Impact, flux, repetition, constraint, squeezing, pushing, heat, vibration – Pineault’s work moves us through a series of states and affective spaces, mobilizing not only the body but also the powerful technologies of the theatre space to convey a subtle yet intense physical experience.

Emile Pineault is an experienced circus artist, and in this first solo work he takes a critical look at the conventions of acrobatic practice. Here, the circus body in no longer in a position of mastery but rather criss-crossed with lines of irresistible force. A deep engagement with light, sound, created live by Julien Brun and Joël Lavoie, and physical practice works towards the mediation of an acrobat’s ‘inner-motion’, proposing acrobatics as a shared experience – fleshy, rigorous, and intensely hypnotizing.

"We witness the simple journey of a being strongly connected with their interiority. It is a moment of dance and an offering of an acrobatic body in the middle of the desert. ”

- La Gazette des festivals, June 2018



Being immersed in the circus world since a young age has led Emile Pineault to profoundly re-examine his practice and the artistic field in which he evolves. Positioning himself in a break with the current aesthetics that tend to define and frame the circus practice, he works to decentralize and open the possibilities by proposing circus as a medium part of the complex network of the contemporary art. His current research focuses on sensoriality, embodiments and recycling of his acrobatic practice. He makes acrobatics a shared experience, as visceral and palpable for the viewer as it is for the acrobat.

Director and performer
  • Emile Pineault
Light and Set Design
  • Julien Brun
Sound Design
  • Joël Lavoie
  • Sebastian Kann
Outside eye
  • Peter James, Mimi Jeong
Production manager
  • Lee Anholt
Creative residencies
  • Circuit-Est, Espace Libre, Fondation L’Abri (Genève), Jakta78 (Prague), Monument-National, Destelheide (Dworp)
A Danse-Cité production in collaboration with Emile Pineault. With the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Circuit-Est. Emile Pineault is an artist supported by LA SERRE - arts vivants.